Boryana Straubel

Boryana Straubel, Executive Director of the Straubel Foundation, is passionate about growing future leaders. Over a decade at Tesla and the Wikimedia Foundation, Boryana applied her expertise in identifying and developing human potential and top performance. Boryana is also an Analytics and Operations powerhouse and has led key functions such as People Analytics, HR Data and Systems, HR Operation, Business Analytics, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management and M&A Integration.

Boryana holds an B.S. in Economics from University of California Berkeley, an M.S. in Management (Sloan) from Stanford University and is pursuing an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford. A life-long learner and global nomad, Boryana was born and raised in Bulgaria, and has lived in Germany, Austria, Russia, and since 2005 the United States.


JB Straubel

JB Straubel is Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Tesla, where he focuses on technical direction and engineering design including battery technology, power electronics, motors, software, firmware and controls. JB in an inventor on over 30 patents covering most areas of Tesla’s core battery, motor and controls systems.

JB has also founded Redwood Materials, a recycling engineering company focusing on what he believes is the next important trend in sustainability: the transition to a circular economy.

In addition to his work, JB is a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he created an engineering class and lab focused on energy storage integration (CEE 176C) in the Engineering Department.

JB received an B.S. in Energy Systems Engineering and an M.S. in Energy Engineering, emphasis on energy conversion, both from Stanford University.